Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Mummy Bundle "Mask"

Mummy Bundle "Mask"

200 BC-1

Cotton and pigment, plain weave

Overall: 66 x 20.9 x 3.8 cm (26 x 8 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1940.516


Did you know?

These masks fall into two categories, those with only a face and those with a full-bodied figure.


This mummy bundle was likely found on mummy bundles made of a seated human body carefully wrapped in textiles. In some instances, the Paracas people placed a painted cloth like these at the top of the bundle. The cloth was padded on the back so it curved outward like a face, and the tress-like yarns (unwoven warps) at the upper edge were arranged around a solid cotton disk that, in turn, was wrapped with a headband (see photo). The cloths, then, seem to have functioned as the bundle’s face or mask.

See also
T - Pre-Columbian
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The Norweb Collection

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